Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 20 - 30 mins

Topic: Gratitude

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will create a comic journal documenting what they’re grateful for.

Know Before You Start: Understand the practice and science of gratitude and why it’s important for mental and emotional health.


  • Have students imagine something or someone they’re truly grateful for.
    • What do they see?
    • What do they feel? 
  • Discuss what they envisioned and the emotions they experienced. For example, feeling warmth, feeling safe, feeling less tense or feeling happy.
  • Explain that gratitude isn’t just saying “thank you."
  • Practicing daily gratitude has been scientifically proven to have long-lasting effects on the body and especially the brain. The more you practice the more positive your perspective becomes. (Greater Good Magazine,


  • Each comic entry should include:
    • A date.
    • A description of a person, thing, or event they are thankful for.
    • Characters, outfits and backgrounds that help illustrate their gratitude.
  • Prompts:
    • Who unconditionally supports you in your life? Thank them and tell them why they are so special to you in a comic.
    • What is a place you are grateful to have visited or get to be in often? Describe why you like it in your comic. 
    • What talents are you grateful? Show your avatar being grateful for those talents.
    • What is one memory you are grateful to have? Show that memory and why you are grateful for it.


  • Have students create one or more entries each week in a journal of gratitude comic.
  • Reflection Questions:
    • How has routinely practicing gratitude changed you emotionally? Mentally?
    • Have you practiced gratitude in different ways, e.g., sent a thank you letter, called someone to thank them, etc.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.